Mary Darby, Mrs Thomas Robinson, ‘Perdita’ (1758-1800)
attributed to Anne Mee (London c.1760 – Hammersmith 1851)
Art / Miniatures
Watercolour on ivory and blue glass details, and diamonds securing a lock of human hair on reverse.
51 x 38 mm (2 x 1 1/2 in)Order this image
Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire (Accredited Museum)
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Portrait miniature, watercolour on ivory, Mary Darby, Mrs Thomas Robinson, ‘Perdita’ (1758-1800) attributed to Anne Mee (London c.1760 – Hammersmith 1851). c.1790. Oval. Head and shoulders turned three-quarters to the left, gazing to the left, wearing a frilly white décolleté dress, with a slim blue ribbon worn around the lace neckline. Blue eyes, long light-brown curly hair falling over her shoulders and dressed at the crown with a few pearls, light complexion, roughed cheeks, large nose. Sky background. No.26 in Guide 'An oval miniature of Lady unknown by Richard Cosway. The Lady has fair curly hair wearing a white fischu, at back a lock of hair secured by five diamonds in silver setting'.
Bequeathed to the National Trust by Huttleston Rogers Broughton, 1st Lord Fairhaven (1896-1966) with the house and the rest of the contents.
Marks and inscriptions
Verso: Circular paper label stuck to top of back, inscribed: 26
Makers and roles
attributed to Anne Mee (London c.1760 – Hammersmith 1851), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Samuel Shelley (London 1756 – London 1808), artist previously catalogued as attributed to Richard Cosway RA (Tiverton, Devon 1742 - London 1821), artist